Walton West Campsite The Greener Camping Club
Lower Foxhill, Walton West, Little Haven, Pembrokeshire SA62 3UA
On the stillest of still nights at Walton West Campsite in Pembrokeshire you can hear the waves crashing along the coast. It’s less than a mile to the beach (less than a mile to two beaches, in fact) but all the same the soft crunch of water tumbling in upon itself is usually lost beneath a gentle chorus of other sounds. Campfires crackle, marshmallows bubble, wildlife rustles among the bushes and at dusk the resident barn owl can sometimes be heard. They are the sounds of traditional, no-frills camping. And for folks like us heading to the coast, they are exactly what we’re looking for.
Set in an organic meadow, where short camping lawns have been mown into irregular aprons of longer wild grass, Walton West Campsite is a simple site of old with flush toilets, a hot shower, and a washing up sink, but very little else besides. There are no electrical hook-ups – though small campervans and caravans are still welcome – and there’s no shop, café or playground. The entertainment here is more about having space, peace, being surrounded by nature and a cracking beach within easy reach.
Little Haven is the closest – a picturesque fishing village with plenty of facilities (car parking, toilets, etc) and quaint village pubs nestled into a sheltered valley that opens up onto a beautiful golden beach. The sandy bay is dotted with rock pools and spectacular craggy formations to the sides, while there's easy access onto the beach itself – ideal for families with young children, it also offers safe swimming and surfing for all ages and abilities. Once you round the headland, the beach actually stretches much further, linking up with neighbouring Broad Haven. It’s here that you can hire water sports equipment to make the most of the surf, or retreat back onto land to snake your way along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. It too can be easily reached from the campsite.
At night the skies remain wonderfully dark. The campsite is within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and not only does this mean spectacular scenery and wildlife but also restrictions on further building, so there's no neon urban glow once the sun sets. Dusk means putting another log on the fire, wrapping up in a blanket and admiring the spectacular star lit skies. The unblemished nighttime views echo the Walton West's ethos – that interference and manmade luxuries aren’t the way to enjoy the great outdoors and just leaving things alone works much better. Walton West Campsite has, but for the basic facilities and the occasional trim of the grass, been left nicely alone for campers to enjoy. And isn’t that what camping’s about?
The Owner Says
Relaxed and magical bank holiday camping
We have just returned from a wonderful three nights at Walton West Campsite over a hot August bank holiday weekend. We stayed on a very large "double pitch" which accommodated our family of 4 and a family of 4 friends (along with 2 Walton West toads who were discovered in one tent when packing up!). The weekend will live long in the memory - warm days exploring the nearby beaches, with clear starry nights spent by the campfire (courtesy of the fire pit provided free of charge by the campsite). The facilities are nice, new and clean. All the essentials are catered for, with 2 showers, 4 toilets, a good washing up area (washing up liquid, brush and tea towel supplied). In addition there are fridges, freezers and phone charging points for free communal use. We all agreed this place has a magical quality. It has been cleverly managed and very subtlety developed by the owners, Greg and Alison, to retain the natural beauty and wild feel of the site, whilst also being practical and compact. This is the best campsite we have stayed in. It also happens to be in a wonderful location for exploring the varied and beautiful local coastline. In the end, our time for doing so sadly ran out. We cannot wait to return, and to discover more.
As a keen, life long, camper this truly is one of the best sites I've ever stayed at! Cool grassy nooks cut out of a meadow create your own personal pitch where you can enjoy long evenings sat around the campfire (available at no extra charge), sipping a cool glass of prosecco (chilled in the on-site fridges provided). Greg and Alison give a warm welcome on arrival and are often seen around the site chatting to campers and providing a friendly touch. The facilities are beautifully clean and always well stocked with the necessary items! The added bonus of a beautiful beach in easy walking distance, local pubs and a small shop make this a perfect getaway from city life.
May 2017 Half Term
We spent 3 nights and 3 days at Walton West during the May 2017 half-term. It was the first proper camping experience for our 4 kids aged between 3 and 9. From the moment we arrived, met Greg and started to set up camp, we knew we had stumbled on a great choice. Although the whole site is set up for convenience, there is still plenty of space and privacy and lots of room for kids to run around and explore. The pitches themselves are nice and big, and we found it an advantage to be able to park our car right on the pitch for extra storage. Plenty of good kindling and wood was available for great fires and outdoor grilling. The washing up area was really useful, and clean, and the fantastic quality and cleanliness of the shower and toilet facility was a totally unexpected bonus. At the end of a day in a wetsuit or in the wind on the beach, and those showers were lovely. Further afield we were really struck with how amazing the beaches were, particularly Broad Haven and the beautiful little bay at Little Haven. The kids happily spent hours a day on both. There were great little pubs, some good seafood and stunning views just about everywhere. The kids were hooked, and so were we. We would absolutely not hesitate to come back here for another break. Really great place!
I have just spent 8 nights at this wonderful campsite! After an unusual welcome from two Canada geese who were protecting their off-spring in a rather aggressive fashion, we quickly realised that we had made the right choice of campsite here in Pembrokeshire. I always think about what my ideal campsite would be like and I have to say that Walton West ticks almost all of the boxes. First of all, the field is enormous and the pitches are extremely big. They are allocated pitches, but there is plenty of space in each of them and they are all mown attractively into the field. The grass separating each pitch is much longer which gives you a feeling of having your own space and privacy which is nice. There is also space to park your car next to your tent which is an advantage for someone like me who has a relatively small tent, so it is convenient to use your car as a storage facility. The facilities onsite are very good as well with 2 toilets and 2 showers (which also contain toilets). This is the first campsite I have stayed at where you have to pay for the use of the showers which I always thought was a bit of a liberty but, having witnessed guests completely abuse hot water in other campsites, it does make sense and I was surprised to learn that 7 minutes was more than enough time for both myself and my partner to shower! The showers and toilets were well-built and very modern and were kept in an excellent state of cleanliness at all times. There was also a huge amount of fridge space (4 fridges I think) which is a major plus for me as I like to cook fairly extravagant meals by camping standards! There was also the ability to charge phones and toothbrushes which is extremely helpful. The site is well situated too and is within easy reach of Haverfordwest where there is a huge Tesco and the attractive village of Little Haven with its picturesque beach and 3 pubs not too far away. If there was one small thing missing, it would only be hot water in the washing up area. I have seen this at some (not many) campsites I have stayed at, although I appreciate campsites aren't charities and some guests might use more than their fair share of hot water. All in all, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this campsite to anyone wishing to explore this area of Pembrokeshire. If I come back to this area, which I would dearly love to, then I would not hesitate to come back here. I hope that the geese will be better trained by then!
Perfect site - loved every minute!
We have just got home from an amazing 8 nights at this site - two units consisting of 4 adults and 4 children (10, 8, 2.5 and 4mths) Always a bit of a risk going somewhere new, but the reviews here really helped. Totally our perfect kind of site - small, unassigned pitches and basic facilities (showers, toilets, water, washing up, fire pits, logs, fridge/freezer, charging points (at own risk), recycling, local info, tide times etc). A couple more toilets would be ideal but they are planned to be put in later this year (2016). Great value for overnight, showers are a small charge (£1 for 6 mins which is ample to shower you and a child!), and log price standard, the rest is all included. Loved the communal fridge/freezer set up which was also a godsend in warm weather (and after a local fishing trip which brought back a lot of fish!). Worth booking, as we did, as they have to turn a few people away at this time of year which keeps it small and spacious. All email comms and in person were lovely - thank you both! Very close (and walking distance by road) to lovely beaches and a cute little farm stall very nearby for fresh eggs and other produce. We loved this site and will definitely be visiting again and recommending to our other camper friends.
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The Perfect Campsite!
I have recently returned from a week stay at Walton West with my wife, 2 children and dog and for us it was pretty much the perfect campsite. There is plenty of space and the pitch areas broken up by wide areas of wild flowers and long grass (perfect for the little ones to play in). We thought that we had the best pitch on the site but then when we spoke to other families everyone thought that they had the best pitch on the site as well! This is very much a back-to-basics site. Although there are 3 family sized bathrooms (two of them with hot showers) and a communal fridge there are no electric hook-ups, there is a single sink with cold water for dish washing a and single drinking water to outside of the bathrooms. This basic approach suited us just fine and it also seemed to attract many other like minded campers so we found it to be probably the friendliest campsite that we have ever stayed at. For those who like the old-school approach to camping I can't recommend this site highly enough and we will certainly be visiting again.
I came here with 4 of my friends, we are all 18 year old boys and had a great time. The campsite is a short walk from the beach/small nearby town and has a lot of room to pitch up. It has clean toilets, showers and fridge. We had a great time here and would highly recommend.
Hard to beat
Our recent week away in Pembrokeshire, camping at Walton West, was such a positive experience that it is making life back home rather hard for my 6 year old daughter (and trying for me) who every ten minutes or so wails "I miss Wales! I miss camping!" We were a family of four and even my husband who'd been dreading camping (bad childhood memories) really enjoyed it and would like to return. Walton West is a lovely haven of a campsite in aptly named Little Haven, which perfectly suited our needs. There are three charming geese who seem to have the job of vetting each new arrival before kindly waddling out of the way and back towards the wetland area (pond sounds too manicured-this is a wonderful wild habitat for a wide variety of creatures) allowing our car to slowly wind up the path and meet the equally charming owners, Alison and Greg. This warm and friendly couple immediately made us feel very relaxed and welcome, and had loads of useful tips and information to share. I was impressed with the facilities - basic, but all you need and always clean and well stocked (plenty of loo roll, soap, tidy washing area and bins). An added bonus was the fridge and freezers, which was very handy. The children spent hours playing in the (organic~ yay!) grass, both the mown areas and the left alone long meadow grass, where they would burrow and pretend they were rabbits, or whatever. We loved how quiet it was at night (apart from my husband's out of control snoring) and how free the skies were from light pollution. The night skies were amazing, especially when the moon was low and full. As for the location, it's perfect. As it's not overlooking the coast directly but set back a bit, you are sheltered from strong winds. We thoroughly enjoyed the nearby beaches of Little Haven and Broadhaven, excellent gelato in St David's, exploring Pembroke Castle, but the highlights, at least for my daughter and me, were a perfect sunny day at breathtaking Marloes Sands (15 minutes away) and kayaking at Newgale. A week was not nearly enough at this brilliant little campsite in this amazing part of Wales, and we shall be back for more. Mummy's honour.
camping at its best
This is a really welcoming and charming campsite. Stayed here with my 2 children and dog, and were lucky enough to be there fairly early in the season so had our pick of pitching spots. Incredibly laid back atmosphere at the site, with no designated pitching areas, which was really lovely. The site had everything we needed: toilets, showers, washing up area, a chilled out vibe and beautiful views. The toilets and showers were kept beautifully, and very well stocked. Brilliant night sky viewing too, with mini al light pollution. From the campsite, little haven is only 5minutes drive and has really good rock pooling for the kids, who also went crabbing with much success. Broad haven, again only 5 minutes drive, offers a really good stretch of beach too. Pretty much all the beaches in Pembrokeshire are dog friendly, which was such a bonus for us, and so empty compared to the southern / south west areas of the UK....beautifully clean too. Marloe's sands, about 15 minutes drive, lived up to the hype we'd heard about it being one of the best beaches in the UK. One of the highlights was riding at nearby Nolton stables, which had us cantering on the beach at druidstone (again, stunning beach) on impeccably behaved and well looked after horses. A brilliant week away, and would happily have spent another couple of weeks there. Alison and Greg, the campsite owners, were so friendly, and nothing was too much trouble. I'd recommend this site to anyone who enjoys camping away from commercial and overcrowded sites, for a truly laid back and peaceful experience, and in a really good location to access so many of the gems that Pembrokeshire has to offer, at an incredibly reasonable price. Highly recommended!